RudyU

Model of Downtown, Houston

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This is remarkable work! Thanks for sharing your interest with us. I'm going to use the skyline shot as my desktop background for a while.

 

Any plans in the future to include metrorail?

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This is remarkable work! Thanks for sharing your interest with us. I'm going to use the skyline shot as my desktop background for a while.

 

Any plans in the future to include metrorail?

 

Thank you for your awesome comment! Feel free to use the images for personal use! Will I include MetroRail on the model? lol...Probably not. I would if the model had been more detailed, but at that point, I just want the model to exhibit itself on the main structures in downtown. Yes, I got miniature for the detail in Sam Houston Park, but it's a part of the downtown layout as far as "structures of an important sight". But nah, if I put MetroRail on there, I'd have to include every light pole and bus stops lol. Thanks again!

Wow, very impressive sir!

 

Thank you, Howard Huge! I've enjoyed working on this model, and who knows how far out I'll go if I can't stop! :P

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Wow good job on the model bro :-)

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Wow good job on the model bro :-)

 

Thank you!! Your kind and inspiring words are appreciated!

 

 

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Coolest thing I've seen in a long time.

 

Thank you for that inspiring input! It's about to really get interesting when I have to make Minute Maid Park!! (Should I add the little train? lol)

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Amazing... Nice work! Awesome!

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very impressive!  you're my new favorite haifer, rudyu!  i've often wondered if one could make a living building models of buildings.  i would do it for fun if i knew how.  great job.

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Amazing... Nice work! Awesome!

 

Thanks for the kind words! Blessings to you and your family. :)

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very impressive!  you're my new favorite haifer, rudyu!  i've often wondered if one could make a living building models of buildings.  i would do it for fun if i knew how.  great job.

 

Wow! I can feel the excitement in your comment! And I truly appreciate it! I get excited myself knowing that I'm blessed to be able to do this sort of hobby. And hey, I think everyone could do this as long as they have a good eye for "copying" things in their minds and applying that to certain materials in order to make a miniature of it. I'm just happy I still have all my fingers left after slicing them a few good times using the X-acto knife lol.  And you are now my favorite Mod!! Thanks for deleting those goof-ups I made. Bless you and your family! :D

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Both your present and past efforts are genuinely remarkable. It really shows what time and passion can create at any age.

 

With regard to the one you made in the 80s, how did you go about planning it? Maps? Photos? Can you talk about some of the differences in taking on the project then and now?

 

 

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Awesome work! A hobby I dreamed about but never picked up. Please post updates! Have you ever thought about making models for buildings like the Bank of the South West Tower and other that never were built?

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Both your present and past efforts are genuinely remarkable. It really shows what time and passion can create at any age.

 

With regard to the one you made in the 80s, how did you go about planning it? Maps? Photos? Can you talk about some of the differences in taking on the project then and now?

 

Thank you for the gratifying words!

What a great question you asked about planning and making the first model because Internet mapping wasn't available back then! :o  I used the downtown map from Key Maps, Inc. to place the streets in their proper order. If I can recall correctly, most of the buildings shapes from above were on the "squares" that they occupied. I also took a lot of pictures of the skyscrapers when my dad (RIP 1988) would take me downtown to walk around and just be near my glass and stone friends. I did take General Drafting in my senior year in high school but really didn't pay attention much because it was mostly about drawing floor plans, and I wasn't interested as much for "design", but rather making models of the structures themselves. However, my model was used in the annual art contest, and I'm proud to have won first place and "Best of Show" with it!

And those are the methods I used for planning and constructing the first model.

The main difference in making the current model is size and keeping it simple with no detail to the structures themselves. Now that I think about it, I should've added some color/windows to the buildings but of course, that would've taken a lot of tedious work, which I'm not allergic to, but again, I just wanted to keep it simple so the skyline and downtown area could just be recognized. As I mentioned before, I'm using heavy cardstock for the buildings so I don't have to worry about humidity warping the structures. Yes, they can still be easily crushed under pressure, but I'm doing my BEST to keep this model from ALL harm. I did have to replace two skyscrapers due to one of my cats nibbling on them lol. I laughed it off and just simply made another skyscraper! :lol:

While making the first downtown model in the mid 80's, I started on making a miniature of the houses on my street, then placing them on their lots. I had about 8 houses made, but then lost interest. I gave the individual house models to the residents who lived in them so they could, well, have a tiny model of their house! Each house was about 2 inches long and around 1 inch wide, but they were very detailed with color and windows. Just about any structure I saw in a photo, I could make a miniature model of it. I recently made a 3 inch long miniature of a funeral casket that actually opened on the "head" portion of it. I mentioned in a previous reply that as long as you can mentally see a 3D image of an object, then "visually" see it already made in miniature, it can be done by using various materials. Again, you have to have a good eye and see the detail that usually goes unnoticed.

Again, thank you for the kind words and great questions! Bless you and your family! :D  

 

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Awesome work! A hobby I dreamed about but never picked up. Please post updates! Have you ever thought about making models for buildings like the Bank of the South West Tower and other that never were built?

 

Thanks a bunch for the nice reply! And yes, I will be posting further updates as I add another section. I know I'll have to do the northeast section that will include Minute Maid Park, and then off to the south/southwest from Clay St. to I-45. That will include 1600 Louisiana, 1400 Smith, and 1600 Smith. Don't get me wrong, there are some days I wake up and go, "Blahh, I don't feel like working on it today." lol...Usually I have to look at my other models to be inspired to put a full day in to the model. I'm in no rush to complete it, because as I've mentioned before, I'm not so sure just how far out this model will go. Probably just the immediate downtown area. Perhaps later I'll work on a "Galleria area" model.

As far as making the skyscrapers that were never built, oh my, yes I have thought about making them and placing them on the spots they were planned to be placed. To be honest, I've thought about designing one of my own supertalls and seeing how they would look here, and where would be a good place to put them lol. It's like I would be my own architect....designer, planner, and model maker all in one! If I do make something, I'll post images here and see what everyone thinks about it. Would be fun to get feedback on that!

I encourage all of you who have thought about making models as a hobby to put some consideration in to it. I'm sure you have seen the paper models you print out and put together? I do the same thing but I draw each side to the building on a solid piece of paper that has the proper "height" of the building. Then I lightly use the X-acto knife to go down the edges of the building to be able to fold them in their proper direction. As the paper models have the extra "tab" that is on the end, I use one, as well, to glue to the other side and, bingo, you have a building! Just place a piece of cardstock that covers the top/bottom portions of the building (with a little hanging over), and simply cut around the formation of the building. Then you have a roof and footprint making a solid structure! Once time goes by, you eventually learn how to construct models that may be a little more "difficult" in shapes. As I have from the past, we all learn how to accommodate our talents with improvements!

Thanks again for the kind words. All the best to you and your family! :D

 

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I would love to see your own designed models. Looks forward to more updates!

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Amazing work. Like some others mentioned, I would love to see those towers never built in that schematic. You truly have a talent and the patience to go along with it. Can't wait to see any future projects. Beside Houston, any other city that speaks to you enough for you to maybe begin another project? ;)

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Amazing work. Like some others mentioned, I would love to see those towers never built in that schematic. You truly have a talent and the patience to go along with it. Can't wait to see any future projects. Beside Houston, any other city that speaks to you enough for you to maybe begin another project? ;)

 

Thank you for your positive input and words!

To be honest, I've thought of making a model of other cities, but I'm so "Houston Proud" that I truly don't want to! lol Not that I would feel I was neglecting or "two-timing" my own city, I just feel I should offer most of my talent up to my home town. I say that now, but later on I may change my mind. :P

Although I can tell you now that Tokyo is definitely NOT on my list! That city would take the rest of my life to make!  :lol: 

 

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Ok, so I will set the bait, because I am a HTown lover myself. Woodlands, and Greenspoint? Sugarland? West chase? Energy Corridor? Memorial city? UT? MT? Anything along the Sam Houston Loop? Or the Tomball Dev.?

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Ok, so I will set the bait, because I am a HTown lover myself. Woodlands, and Greenspoint? Sugarland? West chase? Energy Corridor? Memorial city? UT? MT? Anything along the Sam Houston Loop? Or the Tomball Dev.?

 

Yes! All of those are possible models in the making! Those would be a lot "simpler" being they are in much smaller areas. I'm even thinking of the Texas Medical Center being next because of it's nice structures. And no way will I call "model making" quits! It's in my blood until the day I die, then after that, I'll be making a model of Heaven or wherever I go lol..... :lol:

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This is beyond fascinating.

Excellent work

 

Thank you for your nice comment! I'll be posting more of my projects in the near future so watch out for them! Blessings to you and your family. :D

 

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Here is what the model looked like as it started out. Again, the Wells Fargo Plaza was the very first, then One Shell Plaza....and so on all along Smith St. After that, I moved eastward, and every where else!

 

 

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Maybe make Texas Medical Center then work up with Hermann Park, Museum Park, and Midtown as in-fill.  :)

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Maybe make Texas Medical Center then work up with Hermann Park, Museum Park, and Midtown as in-fill.  :)

 

Ohhhh, nice idea!! I will take that in to consideration, my friend! Thanks for the tip!!!!!

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Hey Rudy, very nice work!  What scale are you using?  I read up above that everything is "not to scale", which, if so, why not use some sort of scale?

 

As a suggestion (maybe another member suggested above?) for fun you could do some of the formerly proposed works (see many of them in Houston Potential).  Even some of the buildings like the Bank of the Southwest Tower?  Might be interesting to see them?  And I'll imagine you will find that fun to do.

 

Keep up the good work.

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Hey Rudy, very nice work!  What scale are you using?  I read up above that everything is "not to scale", which, if so, why not use some sort of scale?

 

As a suggestion (maybe another member suggested above?) for fun you could do some of the formerly proposed works (see many of them in Houston Potential).  Even some of the buildings like the Bank of the Southwest Tower?  Might be interesting to see them?  And I'll imagine you will find that fun to do.

 

Keep up the good work.

 

Hi! Thank you for the nice compliments!

To be honest, this model could be at a certain scale but I'm not very good at calculating all that lol so I just go by visualization, and once I make one structure, I use images to "measure" them up to the others. I know it sounds "weird" or "unprofessional" and I really need to learn how to do the proper scaling for my models.

I can tell you this: The Wells Fargo Building (which was the first building on the model) is 8 1/2 inches tall from the base to the top of the addition on the roof, which I'm guessing are the A/C fans? So all the other buildings were "scaled" following the WFB. Some may be a hair off accuracy, but if/when I should become a professional, I'll make sure to be very precise lol.

And yes, I will make some of those towers that were never built for the model just to see what our skyline would've looked like. I've seen other pictures and illustrations from the past that showed the potential, but to have it sitting in front of my eyes would be awesome. And maybe..just maybe...inspire someone to actually give us a supertall in the near future!!!

Thanks again for your comment and all the best to you and your family! :lol:

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Hello all! I was looking at Google Imagery the other day and somehow overlooked the One Park Place building that sits just in front of Discovery Green! So once I got over my slight cold, I made it for my model...and here it is! I'm not sure how I overlooked it! Bing Imagery shows the construction on it, but again, Google clearly shows it, and it was invisible to me. With its gable-topped roof, it certainly stands out, and it surely needed to be added to my model.

 

 

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NICE!! i was wondering about OPP and Embassy Suites when i looked through the first post. this model is unbelievable.. and i thought i was getting caught up with my fantasy transit map.. heh.

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NICE!! i was wondering about OPP and Embassy Suites when i looked through the first post. this model is unbelievable.. and i thought i was getting caught up with my fantasy transit map.. heh.

 

Thank you, cloud713! Yes, the Embassy Suites is also a new one I added recently....thanks for pointing that out! I'm still in the planning stages to add more to this model on the southern and northern sides. I feel like I must get Minute Maid Park in there and perhaps the county judicial buildings. Not sure if I want to add the GRB, then perhaps 59 splitting between the BBVA Compass (Dynamo) Stadium. So much to think about, but am always inspired to keep going!

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First off, this should go on exhibit somewhere, sir! :). Reminds me of the massive models on exhibit in NY and Shanghai. Are you going to keep adding the new towers as they are being built? Also, just curious, when beginning, how do you decide what the scale will be? And your adoring public DEMANDS you to create uptown and midtown! LoL!

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First off, this should go on exhibit somewhere, sir! :). Reminds me of the massive models on exhibit in NY and Shanghai. Are you going to keep adding the new towers as they are being built? Also, just curious, when beginning, how do you decide what the scale will be? And your adoring public DEMANDS you to create uptown and midtown! LoL!

 

Hey Marcus! Once I get the final "pieces" together, and have pretty much made the model "final", I had thought about putting it on display....somewhere lol. City Hall? GRB? I have no idea where or even who would want to display it. And yes, I've seen those massive models of major cities displayed at various places. I remember seeing pictures of a huge model of Chicago displayed in a public building...can't remember where. I believe there is one of the entire Manhattan Island, if not, the entire New York City area! And yes, I've seen those of Tokyo, as well, and it includes EVERY structure in that city!!! That's even mind boggling to me who can find and duplicate every building for a complete model!! 

I'm sure if I continue on the model for some time, I will start including the newer towers, should they be built soon enough. I have added the "Capitol Tower" on its lot. I'm not even sure if they've started construction on it. And time will tell if I will start making models of uptown, midtown, Galleria area, etc. I know they have interesting buildings and such, but all my architectural interest has always been on the downtown area. Perhaps I shall be greatly inspired in the near future to do such models. :)

As I've said in previous postings, I don't usually begin with a scale at all. Like this model, I started with the Wells Fargo Plaza, and went on from there just by sight using photographs of downtown, some at straight ground shot should I need to see the approximate height they go to on other buildings. Overall, the EXACT scale of each building is not used, but just looking at the model, you would never know...unless of course you're a professional architect/modeler lol. I pretty much make the models by sight, I guess you could say.  

And that answers your questions, sir! If you have any more, don't hesitate to ask. I enjoy discussing my hobby with others!! Blessings!

 

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That last bit gave me goosebumps. I feel like I just heard a master chef say, oh I don't use a recipe, it's just out of my head. Or a musician who plays masterly only by ear. Wow! Very impressive. FYI, your model has inspired me to create some 3d models of my own creation. If I was an architect, I would love to be to glass what Ghery is to metal. Perhaps, I can create them in model form.

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Awesome work Rudy! Think you could add some of the planned towers to your downtown model? Maybe some of the towers around Market Square and north of Discovery Green? Either way your downtown model is impressive! Having it displayed somewhere would be incredible!

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That last bit gave me goosebumps. I feel like I just heard a master chef say, oh I don't use a recipe, it's just out of my head. Or a musician who plays masterly only by ear. Wow! Very impressive. FYI, your model has inspired me to create some 3d models of my own creation. If I was an architect, I would love to be to glass what Ghery is to metal. Perhaps, I can create them in model form.

Oh my, I haven't been on here in a month! That is cute how you said my explanation of my "scale" gave you goosebumps haha! But that's how I do all my models! I go online and read in some books about all the 1/100...1/500...etc. scales, but for some reason I can't get it through my thick skull how to duplicate those scales on, say, like a ruler! Like how many inches equal a foot to build a model of a building 500 meters tall....The look on my face while reading the instructions was the same look I get on my face while watching Jeopardy!  :huh: Some day I will understand it.

And I'm glad you were inspired to make some 3D models of your own! That is awesome! You will have to post some images, then I can make a model, and hey, one day we may see the Marcus-Rudy Tower going up some day! Happy Easter!!

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^To each their own RudyU.  Some on Jeopardy would have that look in trying to scale things out of their head.  Its a gift.

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Awesome work Rudy! Think you could add some of the planned towers to your downtown model? Maybe some of the towers around Market Square and north of Discovery Green? Either way your downtown model is impressive! Having it displayed somewhere would be incredible!

Thank you for the nice compliment! I'm sure I'll be adding some of the planned towers to the model once I can get some good images of the renditions. Again, I did add the Capitol Tower to the model already. I'm not even sure if it's started construction yet. Believe it or not, even the old proposal design of the Bank of the Southwest building is a bit tough for me to "see" the way in which to make a model of it. I may be stumped for a while but I usually come out with a way to do it!

And I hope to find some one/some place who would be willing to put it on exhibit, and get a display safe enough to do so! Don't want to pick my model up and see it very dusty or crushed in places lol....Blessings to you and your family, Clutch!!   :D

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^To each their own RudyU. Some on Jeopardy would have that look in trying to scale things out of their head. Its a gift.

AMEN.
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Just to let everyone know, I'm still alive lol. I've been busy with life itself, not just model making. I've made a few more projects on my own, but really haven't done anything else to the downtown model. Yes, I know, shame on me! I will post pictures of the models I've constructed within the past few months before and during the holidays. One being the 125 Haus house that was built in the high levels of Utah in order to be some sort of energy study on it. You can search "125 Haus" on Google, and it will give you results. My model looks pretty much like the house itself, yet I gave it a more "summerish" appearance with bushes and pretty trees. I even made it to where I can remove the roof in order to see the other two floors and their rooms. Of course you can't have a two story house without stairs so I knew that was going to be a tedious task....but I figured out a way to make the stairs and I surprised myself! Again, once I take some good, clear photo's of it, I will post them. Anyway, just wanted to let you all know I'm still kicking, and I hope 2015 will be a very good year with much happiness and good health for you all! Take care!!!

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Holy cow. I am really feeling guilty for waiting over a year to log back in and continue with my modeling work! I will be posting more soon once I get photographs made and ready. I hope all of you are doing well, and talk to you soon! :D

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On 8/27/2016 at 4:52 PM, RudyU said:

Holy cow. I am really feeling guilty for waiting over a year to log back in and continue with my modeling work! I will be posting more soon once I get photographs made and ready. I hope all of you are doing well, and talk to you soon! :D

 

Awesome, looking forward to seeing more pictures! :)

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4 minutes ago, SpaceGhost said:

 

Awesome, looking forward to seeing more pictures! :)

Thanks, SpaceGhost! Since my last appearance here, I've managed to obtain a few more professional models from a local model maker. The owner and I became good friends and he was tossing some stuff out. Since I was showing interest in them, he let me take them! I've also made a few of my own that may interest you guys and girls. I will post pictures of them in the very near future!

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On 9/7/2016 at 2:37 PM, RudyU said:

Thanks, SpaceGhost! Since my last appearance here, I've managed to obtain a few more professional models from a local model maker. The owner and I became good friends and he was tossing some stuff out. Since I was showing interest in them, he let me take them! I've also made a few of my own that may interest you guys and girls. I will post pictures of them in the very near future!

 

Sweet! I'm thinking of trying to make some models myself. I want to make them of grocery stores however. Any tips on how you got started/figured it out, or did you just jump in?

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13 hours ago, SpaceGhost said:

 

Sweet! I'm thinking of trying to make some models myself. I want to make them of grocery stores however. Any tips on how you got started/figured it out, or did you just jump in?

I began making "models" when I was 12-years of age. My uncle made a little model of the house he and my aunt was going to build in the 80's. It was only made from file folder material, but it was very detailed as far as the shape and the dormers on the roof. I fell in love with the model and asked him to show me how to construct them. He showed me, but I took it a level up and decided to use the methods he showed me, and make some of the buildings in downtown, Houston. I viewed pictures of the skyscrapers from each side, then figured out the footprint of the structure. It only got better from then on. I could just look at a building, "see" it already in miniature form, then make it from a file folder. They started warping because of the humidity, so I started buying materials sturdier than that....thicker poster board, etc. Before I knew it, I had nearly all of the major buildings in downtown made, so I drew the streets with each block and placed the buildings in their proper space. In high school, I had General Drafting, so drawing 3 dimensional shapes and blueprints helped me even more at designing my own structures. However I only wanted to make models of buildings, not get into designing them. I loved things in miniature. You will find many YouTube videos of people constructing models using foam boards and other items, and they actually show you how to join the walls, and get creative. As I've mentioned in previous posts, I don't use any certain scale in my models, even this one of downtown. I generally just make them by sight, and guesstimate the height by looking at the surrounding buildings. I truly need to get on the ball about scales. I didn't pay attention to that part in Drafting lol. A big tip to you: Patience. There will be times in model making that mistakes will be made and it may frustrate a person. But you have to realize that nothing is final in this world until you're below ground. So you just have to use another piece of paper, foam board, etc. and try again. I went through a lot of file folders, buying 4 or 5 boxes of them at the office supply store....in quantities of 300 folders in each box. When you say "grocery stores", do you mean the exteriors like a shopping center, or the interior? 

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I assume that in the near future, apart from hobbiests practicing their model making craft, 3D printing will replace handmade model making.

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23 minutes ago, UtterlyUrban said:

I assume that in the near future, apart from hobbiests practicing their model making craft, 3D printing will replace handmade model making.

That is my thinking, as well. The 3D method has been used from architecture to the medical field when it comes to printing 3D materials. The equipment to produce them is very expensive, not to mention big money for parts and routine maintenance on the machines. The former owner of the model making company that gave me the models I mentioned earlier, he took me on a shop tour of the business and I must say I was pretty impressed with the laser and 3D machines they use. One of the machines was in need of repair that week. He said the "shop call" alone was about $1,000 for the visit to even look at the machine. They may be an expensive piece of machinery to print things for our future, but I assume that the costs people will pay to have things printed in that fashion will eventually pay for the machines in no time. I will still keep making mine anyway....even if it is the "cheap" way. :D

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      http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/As-it-turns-50-Jones-Hall-a-mid-century-beauty-9972783.php?t=ccd9400a0f438d9cbb&cmpid=twitter-premium
    • By lockmat
      I was told today that they plan to build another one on the block south of their downtown site. However, I think he said it wouldn't be for 10 more years. I guess a lot could happen in that time.
       
      Webcam:
       
      http://oxblue.com/open/skyhouseapartments
       
      Rendering and info:
       
      http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2015/02/11/another-skyhouse-apartment-tower-breaks-ground.html
       

       
    • By ChannelTwoNews
      I know there's been some discussion in the past of the site that the Scamrock was planned for, and that Hines had been involved with the site as of late. After stumbling across this page & the rendering included, I was wondering if anyone had additional info on it.


       
      Webcam:
       
      http://oxblue.com/open/hines/609main
       
      Latest Renderings and Info as of 10/2013 :
       
      http://hines.com/press/releases/10-24-13.aspx
       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       
    • By Brandon
      I am researching Houston author Royal Dixon, who lived at 1310 Truxillo from 1934 to 1962, when he died.   His partner, artist Chester Snowden continued to live there until his death in 1984.  I'm hoping to find a photo of their home, nicknamed Camellia Place.    Dixon has a popular naturalist, and four books made a popular lecturer in the 1910's - 1940's.  Photos are of his popular four "Human Side Of" series, a lecturer ad, Chester and ?? somewhere on the grounds, and a sketch by Chester of "The Patio".
       




    • By JESUS MONTAÑEZ
      Anyone remember in 80's Don the Beachcomber restaurants, Hungry Tiger and the Hangar in Woodlake in Houston, Texas or i'm wrong about location, was a Tiki restaurant big and round design with Tai and poiynesian food please answer me